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Chuck Bean


The remains of a buried vintage car sit in a drought-affected property located in the Goolhi area on the outskirts of the north-western New South Wales town of Gunnedah, Australia, on October 3, 2019. The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has declared the ongoing drought through the Murray Darling Basin to be the worst on record, with current conditions now exceeding the Federation Drought (1895-1903), the WWII drought (1937-1947) and the Millennium drought (1997-2009). The Federal and NSW Governments announced a new drought emergency funding plan on Sunday 13 October, with $1billion to go to water infrastructure for rural and regional communities impacted by the devastating drought in NSW. The plan will include a $650m upgrade of Wyangala Dam in the NSW central west and a $480m new Dungowan Dam near Tamworth. However, critics of the plan are calling for more immediate solutions.

If Tiger King has taught us anything it’s that there is a ferocious appetite for news stories about absolute disaster people. In that spirit each night during the 10 o’clock hour I enjoy playing a game with you, the listener, called Florida or Australia. The rules are simple: I’ll tell you about a news story on the air and you text or call in and tell me if you think the story happened in Florida or Australia.(because those two places seem to have a high concentration of craziness.)Fridays are a special wildcard edition where I ask you to determine if the stories are homegrown crazy or imported from other countries. Here are tonight’s stories:

More than three tons of pot found in truckload of ketchup

Federal agents in Texas recently discovered a large quantity of marijuana concealed inside a commercial load of ketchup. The drugs were discovered on July 17 at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility in Pharr, Texas. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) says that agents encounter a truck hauling what was supposed to be ketchup.

Calgary police find $60,000 worth of meth during search after lasers pointed at HAWCS

When officers searched the apartment, they found $60,000 worth of methamphetamine; $20,725 in Canadian currency; a Class 3B laser; approximately 20 kg of an unknown substance, suspected to be a cutting agent; a sawed-off shotgun; a Browning .308 Winchester rifle; numerous rounds of ammunition; and other items related to drug trafficking and fraud.

Be sure to tune in each night at 10pm if you want to play along.